Standalone SwiftView for Windows User Guide

Toolbar | Navigating | Printing | Copy and Paste | Keyboard Shortcuts

This is a guide to standalone SwiftView for Windows, which is a simple but powerful viewer for several file types.  The features depicted here are available by default.  However, SwiftView's user interface can easily be changed so you might see something different. 

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SwiftView's design concept is extreme simplicity.  We have deliberately reduced features available to the user to minimize training and maximize viewing efficiency.  Extreme simplicity ensures immediate payback.  SwiftView can do many other things including sophisticated PCL analysis using the SwiftView Imaging Command Set (ICS).


By default, the SwiftView toolbar looks like this:

SwiftView  Tool Bar Image
  • Exit:  Quits the program.
  • All:  Zooms to show the entire page.
  • Wide:  Zoom to page width.
  • Print:  Invokes the print menu.  See Printing below.
  • Open:  Selects a file to view.
  • Help:  Display the help menu
  • Find:  Search for a text string.
  • Find:  Display text search menu.  Shown by default only with the "green" configuration for textual business documents.
  • SwiftView Logo:  Click on this to get to lots of useful product and user information at
  • Page control:  "1 of 5" shown above indicates that the user is currently viewing page 1 of a 5 page document.  To the right and left of "1 of 5" are arrows which enable moving forward and backward through the pages.  Clicking on this "1 of 5" page control area provides the option to go to first, last, or a specific page. 
  • Configuration Menus:  Pressing the right mouse button when the cursor is on the toolbar displays a GUI configuration menu to change the button style, toolbar location, tooltips and scrollbar.  You can also determine the version of SwiftView with "About SwiftView..." 

    Selecting "Printer Emulation Settings" in this menu displays the printer emulation menu.  The settings listed under "PCL Printer Defaults" are equivalent to the options in an HP PCL printer's front panel menu.

    Both menus allow you to reset to the default settings, and to force your settings to override network-wide or website settings. 
Toolbar Configuration Menu Image         Printer Emulation Menu Image

  • Zoom in:  Move the arrow onto the viewing area, click and drag the cursor to create a rectangle around the desired view.  Upon button release, SwiftView zooms in to that rectangle.  Sometimes SwiftView is configured to select text when you click and drag.  If so, then hold down Alt during the click and drag motion to make it zoom.
  • Zoom Out: Click the All button to show the entire page, or click the Wide button to zoom to the page width.
  • Pan:  Use the arrow keys to move the view around the page-- particularly useful if you are zoomed in.
  • Rotate:  Click the Rotate button to turn the page 90 degrees clockwise.  Rotation doesn't affect printing.
  • Paging:  The "1 of 13" in the toolbar indicates that we are viewing the first page of a five page document.  Use the blue arrows to either side of "1 of 13" to page forward and backward.  To go to a specific page, click the "1 of 13" page control area.  The following dialog will be invoked, which allows jumping to the first, last, or an arbitrary page number:

    SwiftView Go To Page Image

  • Search for Text:  Press "s" or "ctrl-f" to search for text in the document.  Note that some documents are in formats that are not searchable.  Press G or F3 to go to the next occurrence of an already-found word.

Clicking the Print button in the SwiftView toolbar will invoke the following dialog:

SwiftView Print Menu

This dialog is the typical Windows print menu with some additional features:
  • Selection:  This allows printing a small selected area of the document.  The selected area is chosen after clicking OK on the print dialog.  At that point the cursor changes to a "scissors" showing that we are cutting from the current page.  Click and drag the cursor to create a rectangle around the desired area of the document.  This prints selected area, scaled to fill the entire page.  Press the right mouse button before releasing the left to cancel this operation. 
  • Print Method:  Clicking the Print Method dropdown offers the following choices:

    SwiftView Print Methods

    In general, if you don't like the way one method prints, try a different method!  To read more about print methods, consult the SwiftView Configuration ManualReset to default uses SwiftView's Intelligent Printing technology to select the best method.  Allow All allows the selection of print methods that SwiftView thinks will not work for this particular file/printer combination.
  • Options:  Displays the following menu:

  • SwiftView Print Methods

    • Print Method is the same as described above.
    • Paper Selection allows the selection of a specific paper size to print on or one can use the size specified in the document, if applicable.
    • Use document duplexing will pass any duplexing (2-sided printing) commands that already exist in the file to your printer.  Don't check this box if your printer can't handle duplexing!
    • Enlarge/Reduce specifies whether to keep the original size or to try to fit to a particular size of paper.  The default is to fit to all of the paper, however if you find that the margins are getting cut off, try the just the printable area setting.
    • Special Options control the rotation and position of the image on the paper and whether markup, if present, will be printed. 

    Notes: If an option you want is grayed out, try a different print method.  Direct Print (often the default) offers no options!  Color and Resolution options are available only with Pro licensing.  Click on the ? button in the title bar, then on the item of interest for more details.

    Copy and Paste

    Press and hold down the Alt key while clicking and dragging with the mouse to select the desired text.  Sometimes SwiftView is configured to zoom when the Alt key is held down.  If yours works that way, simply use the mouse without holding down Alt to select the text.  Then use ctrl-C or just plain C to copy the text.  This selects PCL and HPGL text only.  Paste into another application as usual using ctrl-C or Edit; Paste.

    Keyboard Shortcuts

    Many SwiftView functions can also be performed with keystrokes:

    • 'A' - View all the page at once in the existing window.
    • 'W' - Fill the full width of the window with the top of the page
    • 'B' - Fill the full width of the window with the bottom of the page
    • 'I' - Zoom in
    • 'O' - Zoom out
    • 'Arrows'- Pan in designated direction (useful only after you have zoomed in)
    • 'R' - Rotate the page 90 degrees (clockwise)
    • 'F' and 'Home' - Go to first page of document
    • 'L' and 'End' - Go to last page of document
    • 'N' - Go to next page of document
    • 'P' - Go to previous page of document
    • 'PageDown' - Normal viewing of a portrait document is done using the "PageDown" button.  This pans down the page until the bottom is visible and then displays the next page
    • 'PageUp' - Pans a portrait page up until the top is visible and then displays the previous page
    • 'S' or 'Ctrl-F' - Start the PCL and HPGL text search (find) dialog 
    • 'F3' or 'G' - Execute last search again
    • 'c' or 'Ctrl-c' or 'Ctrl-Ins' - Copy text selected with Alt+mouse to the clipboard
    • 'Ctrl-p' or 'Ctrl-l' - Print entire document on Windows default printer 
    • 'F1' - Help dialog
    • 'F9' - Copyright dialog, including version number information
    • 'F8 - File Information dialog.  Includes path, file type, page size and resolution, current SwiftView licensed feature flags (e.g. Pro/SwiftConvert), and stamp information if the file is SwiftStamped: 

      File Information

    Want to customize SwiftView's appearance?  Add or subtract buttons?  Make your own keyboard shortcuts?  This and more is possible with ICS commands.

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